True Detective Season 2 New Cast? Matthew McConaughey Won’t Be Back; Will Brad Pitt Join?

March 12, 2014 Updated: July 18, 2015

True Detective season 2 is basically confirmed because of the show’s popularity but it will feature a number of new actors as Matthew McConaughey recently confirmed he won’t be returning and Woody Harrelson’s role is up in the air.

“It was a 450-page film, is what it was,” McConaughey said of the show’s first season during a January panel.  “It was also finite. It didn’t mean we had to come back this year, next year if we were under contract. It was finite. So in that way it was exactly a 450-page film script.”

Harrelson hasn’t addressed a return, but McConaughey did tell reporters at the Oscars that “we won’t be back for season 2,” and show creator Nic Pizzolatto said that the show could include an ever-changing storyline and cast, similar to “American Horror Story.”  

”There could be a season that’s much more of a widespread conspiracy thriller, a season that’s a small town murder mystery, a season where nobody is murdered and it’s a master criminal versus a rogue detective or something,” he said. ”Even the title, ‘True Detective,’ is meant to be, of course, purposefully somewhat generic. The word ‘true’ can also mean honorable and authentic and things like that. So as long as there is some crime in there, I think the series format can approach it.”

A source told Hollywood Life that one of the new leads could be Brad Pitt.

“Brad’s name has come up many times, it’s just a matter of what his other commitments are,” the source said. “It’s the show everyone wants to be on, because the writing and the roles are just so exquisite and complex. Brad has tight relations with HBO — he teamed up with Ryan Murphy last year to produce the HBO movie The Normal Heart. I know everyone would be thrilled to have him on board.”

Pizzolatto said that one of the new lead(s) could be a woman in a tweet that he later deleted, because he’s not finished writing the script for season 2.

Pizzolatto told HitFix that he’s learned from the reaction to season 1 “I need to keep being strange. Don’t play the next one straight.”

He didn’t want to divulge too many details but he said season 2 is about “hard women, bad men and the secret occult history of the United States transportation system.”

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